Don’t Go Back to Egypt!

Parashat Mishpatim (Ordinances or Statutes) Shemot (Exodus) 21:1–24:18 Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8–22, 33:25–26 Our weekly Scripture portion opens with a very interesting verse, which is usually interpreted in a negative way. However, I believe we misunderstand … Read More

A Call to Holiness & Humility

Parashat Yitro (Jethro) Shemot (Exodus) 18:1–20:23 Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1–7:6, 9:5–6 (6–7) As I was reading through this week’s reading portions, I noticed a common theme between the Parasha and Haftarah with regard to God’s call, … Read More

A Heart of Praise

Parashat Beshalach (When He Sent) Shemot (Exodus) 13:17–17:16 Haftarah: Judges 4:4–5:31 In both the Parasha and Haftara portions this week, we learn of the importance of having a heart of praise, a heart that acknowledges … Read More

One True God

Parashat Bo (Come) Shemot (Exodus) 10:1–13:16 Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13–28 This past week, as my family and I were going through a Bible study together, we discussed the fact that the one true living God is … Read More

Being Kingdom-Minded

Parashat Va’eira (And I Appeared) Shemot (Exodus) 6:2–9:35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25–29:21 I spent a lot of time this week in prayer seeking God’s wisdom before writing this blog entry. Our weekly Scripture portions — the … Read More

Those Who Came Before

Parashat Shemot (Names) Shemot (Exodus) 1:1–6:1 Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6–28:13, 29:22–23 Again, and again, I am amazed at the richness of God’s Word and its continuity. The deeper we dig, the more treasures we find in … Read More

Standing on the Promises of God

Parashat Vayechi (And He Lived) Beresheet (Genesis) 47:28–50:26 Haftarah: I Kings 2:1–12 In our Scripture portion this week, we find a dramatic account of Israel (Jacob) nearing his death and requesting his son Joseph to … Read More

Our Great Hope

Parashat Vayigash (And He Approached) Beresheet (Genesis) 44:18–47:27 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15–28 I found great hope and comfort in this week’s portions from the Parasha and the Haftarah. It was a strong, timely reminder that God … Read More

Dreams for His Glory

Parashat Mikeitz (From the End) Beresheet (Genesis) 41:1–44:17 Haftarah 1 Kings 3:15–4:1 In the past, one of the ways through which God often spoke was through dreams. In his youth, Joseph received two dreams that … Read More

Righteousness

Parashat Vayeishev (And He Dwelt) Beresheet (Genesis) 37:1–40:23 Haftarah: Amos 2:6–3:8 In both our parasha and haftarah portions this week, we read of the importance of treating one another in righteousness. The key question is … Read More